Tuesday 3 March 2020

Big Party, Small Budget: 4 Awesome Cost-Cutting Hacks*

Money shouldn't get in the way of a celebration. Whether it's a birthday party, wedding or an excuse
to get friends and family in a room, you never have to validate your decision. Life's too short to
continually save money if you're not going to spend it now and again. Sure, you can argue that
there are savvier ways to invest it, but if investing in your happiness isn't a wise financial move, i
don't know what is! All you need now are cost-cutting hacks that will help you to throw a big bash
on a small budget. Continue reading to find out more.

Start A Fund With Loose Change

Sticking to a budget is hard if you don't know what the budget is beforehand. So, organising an event
at short notice isn't going to go to plan. The good news is that parties are often held for milestones,
and they don't appear out of the blue. You know well in advance if you want to throw a birthday bash,
for instance, because the date never changes. With that in mind, you should make a decision early
and start saving by collecting loose change in a jar. It's amazing how much extra you'll have for
expenses when you put coppers in a whiskey bottle for six months!

Ask Guests To Cook

When you tell people about your plan, you inevitably are inundated with offers. Like most hosts, you
decline and inform the guests that you have everything covered. Well, your budget means you can't
afford to be gracious, so it's time to take them up on their favours. Don't worry because there's no
need to ask for anything big, such as booking a band or paying for catering. Instead, you can say it's
a 'bring your own dish' party. Then, you'll barely need to fork out for the food. Plus, you can spend the
money on other essentials.

Weigh Up Included Costs

Once you have a list of necessary items, you've got to consider whether the included add-ons are
worth the price. After all, it only takes a phone call or email to ask if you can hire a catering service
without a chef. Of course, you must ensure that cutting corners doesn't lead to more fees in the
long-term. Cocktail bar hire expenses might be more affordable upfront if you don't want a bartender,
but then you've got to buy alcohol and pour it yourself. The money and time you have to spend
means you're better off paying for everything to cut costs.

Be Time Savvy

One of the best hacks for saving money on a party is to time it wisely. By organising the event for after
lunch or dinner, you can get away with only serving drinks. After all, the majority of people will eat
before they arrive, and the buffet will go to waste. However, plan it in between meals and people
might get hangry when they realise there's no grub.

Are you ready to throw a big bash on a tight budget?

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